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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3348

Question No. 750

Mr MacKellar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 15 November 1983:

Is he able to say whether the last offensive by Vietnam was directed against the Nong Chan Camp in Cambodia; if so, (a) was the population of the camp reasonably estimated at 20,000 and (b) what happened to the population.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

During the last dry season offensive by the Vietnamese, the KPNLF military base and civilian camp at Nong Chan was attacked in February-March 1983. The population of the camp could reasonably be estimated at around 20,000. These people were moved to an evacuation site at Prey Chan. We understand that from July 1983 the inhabitants of Prey Chan were to be moved to a more permanent site at Sanro Changan.